I recently had spanakopita in a Greek restaurant, and I promise this version is better than anywhere I’ve ever had it. Except maybe in Greece. If you make this and know of a place that makes it better, let me know. I’ll be there tomorrow.
Better than a Greek restaurant Spanakopita: Ingredients
5 10oz boxes frozen chopped spinach (Birds Eye brand is best)
2 8oz bricks of Athenos feta cheese
1 16oz tub cottage cheese (2% milk or less)
1/2 tsp dill (I don’t like dill, so I don’t use it. Add it to the spinach mix if you want)
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 large white onion, diced
1/2 cup breadcrumbs, unseasoned
1 sleeve/pack filo dough
1 tsp olive oil
A few hours ahead of making Directions:
1. If you buy phyllo dough frozen, thaw it out.
2. Unwrap the boxes of spinach, place in a bowl and thaw them out. When they are un-frozen, squeeze out the water in a colander.
3. Saute diced onion and green onions in some olive oil for 3-4 minutes, or until a little golden and set aside to cool.
When everything is unthawed/cooled Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°
2. In a large bowl, mix spinach, cottage cheese, bread crumbs and onions together. Crumble in the feta.
3. Pam a 14×9 glass baking dish .
4. Roll out the phyllo dough and place a sheet on the bottom of the pan. Spray each layer w/ Pam… or brush some olive oil/melted butter on each layer. Do this a 3-5 times to create a bottom layer.
5. Drop the spinach mix in the to the baking dish and spread/even out.
6. Add 5-7 layers of phyllo on top of the mixture, still Pam’ing/buttering each layer including the top.
7. Bake for 45mins-1 hour. If it looks dry, you can reduce the oven temp to about 300° after about 45mins.
Don’t let rolling out phyllo dough scare you, Youtube to the rescue here to teach you have to roll it out. I can’t say I really know how considering my Mom made this whole thing from start to finish. Thanks Mom!
This is best served with a greek salad… those I haven’t been able to make better than a Greek restaurant or Greece.